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Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop

By : Peter Krause
Book Image

Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop

By: Peter Krause

Overview of this book

Whether you want to organize simple files or perform more complex consolidations between different Office programs and remote-control applications that don't allow outside access, Power Automate Desktop helps meet these challenges. This book shows you how to leverage this workflow automation platform by explaining the underlying RPA concepts in a step-by-step way. You’ll start with simple flows that can be easily recorded and further processed using the built-in recorder. Later, you’ll learn how to use the more advanced actions to automate folder and file management and enable Office programs to interact with each other. You’ll also get to grips with integrating desktop flows into other cloud environments and further enhance their value using AI. As you progress, you’ll understand how flows can run unattended and how they are managed in the Power Platform, as well as key concepts such as creating, modifying, debugging, and error-handling UI flows. Finally, the book will guide you to use Process Automation Designer (PAD) in conjunction with your frequently used desktop systems to automate routine tasks. By the end of this book, you’ll have become a Power Automate Desktop expert, automating both professional and personal tasks.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Working with IBM cognitive

Maybe some of you remember the headlines from 1997, which talked about a computer program called Deep Blue, which won the world championship against Garry Kasparov, the reigning world chess champion, in only 19 moves. The program ran on a supercomputer built by IBM. The victory against the world chess champion was a milestone in the history of AI. Today, IBM offers its AI-based solutions under the name Watson. As mentioned earlier in the chapter, the functionalities of the individual providers overlap. IBM provides the following functionalities:

  • Visual recognition: This action group contains a Classify image action, which allows us to provide an image
  • Language translator: This allows us to identify the language and translate a given text
  • Document conversion: This converts a given document into another format

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